Team Red, White & Blue Unites at the Shamrock Run!
On Saturday, March 10th over 50 Team Red, White & Blue veterans, athletes and supporters ran together through Syracuse’s Tipperary Hill in the 7th Annual Shamrock Run. The group participated in the event to raise awareness for Team Red, White & Blue’s mission: to enrich the lives of wounded veterans and their families.
The runners, wearing red shirts emblazoned with a blue and white eagle on the front, proudly carried two American flags throughout the four mile course. Team RWB is a non-profit organization that helps wounded veterans reintegrate into society. A common method of connecting members of the community is through the shared interest of physical fitness. The Shamrock Run was a great opportunity to forge new relationships while strengthening existing friendships among community advocates and over 20 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans participating in the event.
Following this year’s record setting race, featuring over 3,000 runners, a group of over 40 Team Red, White & Blue members gathered at a local restaurant to socialize and network. Some talked of the race being their first run in months while others shared stories about their experiences in the military. Team Red, White & Blue athlete and advocate Nick Armstrong commented, “This was all about getting veterans and their supporters out in public to strengthen relationships and build a genuine connection to their community. Creating that sense of belonging is what transition to civilian life is all about and the great turnout we had is just another positive reflection on the successful efforts of the Team RWB CNY Chapter and the generosity of the City of Syracuse and surrounding areas.